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Victor holding his award

Vincent is a 15-year-old ​10th grader from Bronx, NY. He recently participated in a writing competition where students were asked to compare and contrast two preselected poems in an essay.  Vincent won the competition and shared his experience with a staff member, James Hill.

James: First off, how'd you come to Boys Town?

Vincent: The reason I was sent to Boys Town is because of my anger issue.  Someone had stolen my phone and I broke something, because I was mad, but I’m getting better at controlling my temper since I’ve been here.

James: What were the poems about?
Vincent: Poem one was about a mother and son’s relationship and poem two was about dreams; same writer, different poems. The Mother and Son poem talked about how the mother doesn’t want her son to give up on his life and follow her same path. She had a lot happen to her, but she didn’t want the same to happen to her son. The second poem talked about if you don’t have a dream, you won’t make it. You have to follow your dreams and they will come true.

James: How'd it feel to win?

Vincent: Winning the competition made me feel wonderful. I really liked winning something. People in the school like me. I don’t play around when it comes to school.

James: As the winner of the writing competition, I heard you received a ticket to see the Broadway show, Finding Neverland. How was that?   

Vincent: I've never been to a Broadway show, but the ticket was $90, so I didn’t want to turn it down. It was awesome! The show was real. This guy came right up to me and said ‘HI,’ it scared me! I wasn’t expecting it; he was dressed up like a pirate. It was good though.  

James: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Vincent: When I grow up I want to play football for the Philadelphia Eagles as either a line-backer and wide receiver. But if I don’t get a contract with the NFL, I’ll probably go to the marines, or write a book.

James: How do you like living at Boys Town New York?

Vincent: I like it; it’s keeping me out of trouble, and the point system is very good. I love to read. The library is one of my favorite places.  I can’t go to sleep without reading. I don’t have a favorite book, but the books that interest me are ones that are about real life, like Malcolm X, but I also like comic books.